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post #5236 of 37400

Just wanted to share my impression of the ATH-AD900  (TOTAL NOOB ALERT)

 

OK I will be quick. I do like the sound for gaming. I can see why people say they are bass light. To be clear the Bass is all there and clear it's just as they say though. You can HEAR the bass but if you are looking to FEEL the bass that is where they fall short. Don't get me wrong I fired up some Hip Hop and some DnB tracks to really feel out the Bass and it was satisfying just no Doof Doof. It's just IMO the ones who say they have NO BASS!! are exaggerating a bit or maybe lean toward the Bass Head side of things.

 

The Bass issue put aside the areas these are liked for I must agree with. Clarity is very impressive. In MW3 I felt surrounded in fine details with Dolby Headphone. Positioning was very clear if it was footsteps of helicopters or whatever I could easily tell where it was what it was, about how far, and what direction. Purely for sound wh@ring sound stage and clarity were pretty darn good. Although I would say the explosions just lacked some authority maybe a plus for competitive but a minus for fun. Gaming alone like Mass Effect 2 or Skyrim I can already tell is going to lack a certain magic but probably still provide a overall good experience. Also, though I felt for the explosions to feel nice I had to turn them up pretty loud so that highs could get a little peircing. Not a bad sound mind you just felt like a volume balancing act between satifying lows and the occasional uncomfortable high.

 

All that being said. I am returning these. Not because they don't sound good. They sound really quite good in my opinion. The main reason I am turning right around and getting something else in a word Comfort. From what I read it was the least of what I was worried about. I dont' have a large head or ears that stick out but unless they are sitting just right the driver housing touches my ears very annoying. Also, these headphones are freakin' massive. The pads extend from my cheek bone all the way to the back of my head where the skull begins to curve it feels like I have both hands on the side of my head and to top it all off the comicly large size makes me look ridiculous. So all that is why am sending them back.

 

OK sorry not trying to block the thead with a full on review just thought I would throw this out for consideration if the ATH-AD900 was on anyones short list. Just my opinion please no flames from fans of these phones. Am going to try out the HD 558's next. at least they won't make me look like a bad 1960's Sci-Fi Robot


Edited by Heretic817 - 4/20/12 at 11:24am
post #5237 of 37400

Anyone have any input on the HD 558 as a second choice? See above: ATH-AD900 did not work out for me

 

Need: Easy to drive without amp (MP3 player and what not)

 

Mostly Gaming but not competitive mostly for fun

 

Also, well rounded for music and movies

 

Comfort

 

Good sounding bass but don't need my teeth to rattle or anything

 

Open and Over Ear for Dolby Headphone. Good sound stage is a plus for me.

 

Music types: Rap/Hip Hop, DnB, Trance, Metal, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock (No real emphasis on either)

 

Under $250

post #5238 of 37400

 

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Originally Posted by Heretic817 View Post
Anyone have any input on the HD 558 as a second choice? See above: ATH-AD900 did not work out for me

Need: Easy to drive without amp (MP3 player and what not)

Mostly Gaming but not competitive mostly for fun

Also, well rounded for music and movies

Comfort

Good sounding bass but don't need my teeth to rattle or anything

Open and Over Ear for Dolby Headphone. Good sound stage is a plus for me.

Music types: Rap/Hip Hop, DnB, Trance, Metal, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock (No real emphasis on either)

Under $250

My HD558s do sound good.

 

 

post #5239 of 37400

Purple Ang how does your K242HD's sound if you don't mind me asking??

 

Also what do you think is your best headset for fps gaming that you have in your signature??

 

Wow you have quite a few!

post #5240 of 37400

Do the HD 5xx series still have a problem with cracking??? Hearing about that is the whole reason I bought the AD900 over the HD 558 in the first place.

post #5241 of 37400

 

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Purple Ang how does your K242HD's sound if you don't mind me asking??

 

Also what do you think is your best headset for fps gaming that you have in your signature??

 

Wow you have quite a few!

 

The K242HD is nice, I ordered it with 4 other items in bulk from Thomann in Germany, cost for the K242HD came to $117.

Good headphones for music.

 

I'm not into FPS gaming, but I'm currently having a neighborhood teen test some of my headphones while he games, no feedback yet.

 

If only my credit card would max out so I could not buy anymore headphones.

I'm still looking at buying 2 or 3 more.

 

post #5242 of 37400

 

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Do the HD 5xx series still have a problem with cracking??? Hearing about that is the whole reason I bought the AD900 over the HD 558 in the first place.

 

I'm thinking the cracking is old news, at least my HD558s have no problems.

 

post #5243 of 37400

 

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Do the HD 5xx series still have a problem with cracking??? Hearing about that is the whole reason I bought the AD900 over the HD 558 in the first place.

 

That was fixed many months ago.

post #5244 of 37400

awesome. then that tears it. I'm going to try out the 558's and see if I like them better than the AD900

post #5245 of 37400
Thread Starter 
Pretty sure the AD900 will beat out the HD558 in clarity.

I wonder how the HD558's tone compares to the PC360s. I'd say the PC360 is exactly what people say the HD558 is to the 598. Slightly more bass, slightly less clarity.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 4/21/12 at 4:17am
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So I'm officially in love with the positioning queues on my Q701s. They're also incredibly comfortable, the bumps don't bother me at all. There is only one thing I want to tweak, I want to add a bit more body to the low end, but without changing anything else for the sound. Mass Effect multiplayer is just phenomenal, but I do feel myself itching for a bit more boom with my biotics when playing single player. Anyone know of a way to add a bit more to the bottom without dropping the mids and highs? I did try adding my ZO2 between the mixamp and Q's but that killed the volume, using both high and low gain modes. Anyone done something similar?

post #5247 of 37400

 

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Pretty sure the AD900 will beat out the HD558 in clarity.
I wonder how the HD558's tone compares to the PC360s. I'd say the PC360 is exactly what people say the HD558 is to the 598. Slightly more bass, slightly less clarity.

 


I would not be surprised if the clarity were better on the AD900 it was insanely good. Too bad I spent 50% of the time listening and 50% adjusting them on my head and ears to stay comfortable. That is just a deal breaker. My ears are probably considered small compared to most and the driver housing touching them was irritating and for the pads to cover not just most of the side of my head but to kind of rest on the cheek bone almost to my face I felt a little like this kid....

 

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AD900を無理矢理着けられて嫌がってる生後4ヶ月の息子.jpg
 

post #5249 of 37400
Thread Starter 
You're not alone. That's how I felt with the AD700. Horrible in comfort. Soft velours, sure, but everything else was a pain in the ass. I had the same exact issues.

As for adding low end without taking away... impossible. That's not how audio works. Lows, mids, highs work in unison. You can't emphasize one thing without taking away something else. Adding a bit of bass will more than likely recess the mids, and on rare occasion, make treble less crisp.
post #5250 of 37400

Use your sound setting's EQ and increase the low end a TEENSY bit?  That's what I did with the X-fi etc test videos from Nameless' guide.  It certainly added more body doing that.

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